Stratford Herald Week Beginning March 2nd

This weeks purveyor of the ping précis is Peter Florence:


Shottery A head the Division 1 table by three points after an 8-2 victory at Ashorne. Captain Gary Stewart led by example with a treble, but was made to work hard by both Andy and Len Coonan until overcoming each in the fifth sets. In the third game to go the full distance Len Coonan put aside loss of the first two ends against Stephen Foster to claim the decider 14-12, and he then earned the hosts' second point by defeating Graham Poole. Both Foster and Poole went home with braces, with the former also securing the doubles with Stewart.


Stratford A narrowed the gap between themselves and Shottery A after chalking up a maximum against their own second string. Pete and Debbie Barrow, together with Richard Grover, came through unscathed despite stern opposition from a Stratford B team comprising promising youngsters Ollie Rowlands, Ollie Peake and Dan Shevket with a combined age of just 33 years.


Dean Hicks produced a perfect performance to provide the backbone to Colebridge Bulldogs 7-3 win at JLMKingfishers. Chris Welsh added a brace with John Swinburne earning their other singles as well as enjoying doubles success with Hicks. Jim Clarke gained two points for the hosts, although he was taken to the wire by Swinburne, with his son Henry also getting on the card.



The Shottery B trio of Gareth Hepworth, Tony Remes and Tim Fell cemented their position at the top of Division 2 by imposing the whitewash upon Veterans. However it wasn't all plain sailing as Fell lost the first two ends to David Higgins before claiming the decider 12-10. In a second contest to go the full distance Remes finally edged home against Mark Kingham. 


Blazing Paddles travelled to Tanworth Taipans and came away with an 8-2 victory. Chris Dickens led the way with a treble before successfully partnering captain Nello Mauri in the doubles. Mauri and Wilf Chan recorded braces for the visitors, but neither was able to overcome Mick Welsh who chalked up both Taipans' successes despite a particularly close encounter with Mauri which he secured 12-10 in the decider. Chan was involved in the only other game to go the full distance against Tim Lawrence where he gained a narrow win despite scoring seven points less than his opponent over the course of their contest. 

Rob Bartkowski was untroubled as his Stratford C team defeated their stablemates Stratford D 7-3. Alistair Francis added a brace, with the pair subsequently combining to claim the doubles. Debutant Simon King marked the occasion by recording their seventh score. Ian Nash earned two of Stratford D's points while, in the only clash to go the full distance, Ollie Rowlands overcame a two set deficit to take the honours against King.


Stratford A eased into the final of the knockout cup after a comfortable win against Ashorne. At the end of play their team of Pete and Debbie Barrow and Alex Boyd had amassed a lead of 205 points which was reduced by 95 after application of the handicap adjustment. They will contest the trophy with Colebridge Bulldogs who narrowly overcame Henley. John Swinburne, Andy Rowland and Chris Welsh finished 84 points ahead of their opponents but this was reduced to a final winning margin of just nine.
Author: via Stratford-upon-Avon Table Tennis League
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